Planning application publicity - code of practice

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This code of practice sets out the way we publicise planning applications (and supersedes our previous code of practice dated 2010). It also explains how you can comment on applications and the way in which these are considered.

Article 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 requires that all planning applications should have some form of publicity. At the moment, all planning applications are publicised by the display of a site notice. Some applications will require an advert in a local newspaper.

Our code of practice

When publicising planning applications, we will:

  •  Display a site notice in at least one place on or near the land to which the application relates for not less than 21 days.

When statutorily required, we will display a site notice in at least one place on or near the land to which the application relates for not less than 21 days, and publicise the application in a local newspaper, notifying the public that they have 21 days in which to make comments.

We seek to identify appropriate placement of our notices by:

  • Reference to an up-to-date Ordnance Survey plan of the application site and surrounding area when the application is being checked for validity
  • Officer site visits during the course of processing the application

Each case is assessed on its own merits and decisions about publicity remains a matter of discretion for individual officers.

Anyone interested in an application proposal is able to write to us with their views quoting the reference number.  You can find this by searching our website or from a site or press notice.

We may give major proposals further publicity via press releases and/or public exhibitions.

You can submit your comments online under the application reference number, also please see our frequently asked questions for further information on making your comments.

Dealing with consultation responses

Anyone writing to us with a comment on a planning application will:

The decision notice will set out any conditions imposed on a planning permission, or state the reasons for refusal where planning permission is not granted. The decision notice can be viewed under the application reference on our website. 

Pre-application community engagement protocol

Before submission of an application, particularly for larger proposals, we encourage landowners/developers to carry out pre-application consultations with neighbours and the wider community. This is not mandatory, but is considered best practice and something that is set out in the our Statement of Community Involvement which forms part of the Local Development Framework

The level of community engagement will vary for different types of development, ranging from talking to neighbours about a house extension to consulting the wider community where, for example, a housing development or retail store is proposed. We will advise landowners/developers on the matter although the decision to carry out pre-application consultations is ultimately one for the landowner/developer.

Pre-application presentations to members

Sometimes formal presentations will be made to councillors. These provide an opportunity for landowners/developers to explain how a scheme has evolved and how community engagement has helped shape a proposal. You can attend these presentations to listen to what is said. Public questions cannot be raised during presentations. Any queries can be sent to us.

General advice

Your comments must be based on planning grounds and provided to us in writing. If you decide to make comments on an application why not use the saved search and track applications functions available through our Public Access system.

 

Types of publicity for planning applications

Nature of proposed development Statutory publicity requirement Publicity carried out by SBC

Major development (Development of more than 10 dwellings, or more than 1000m2 of floorspace or on a site larger than 0.5ha

Press notice

Website

Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Minor development (Development of 10 or less dwellings, less than 1000m2 floorspace or on a site less than 0.5ha)

Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Site notice and Press notice if application affects the character or appearance of a Conservation Area or Listed Building

Website

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Householder development

Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Site notice and Press notice if application affects the character or appearance of a Conservation Area or Listed Building

Website

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Change of Use

Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Site notice and Press notice if application affects the character of appearance of a Conservation Area or Listed Building

Website

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Application accompanied by an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)

Departure from the development plan (currently adopted Development Plan)

Press notice

Website

Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Proposal affecting a public right of way

Press notice

Website

Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Variation or removal of condition(s) attached to a previous approval

Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Site notice and Press notice if application affects the character or appearance of a Conservation Area or Listed Building

Website

Website

Site notice

Listed Building Consent

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Press notice

Website

Site notice

Consent to display advertisements Nil Website
Discharge of Planning Conditions Nil Website
Application for Non-material Amendments Nil Website
Certificate of Lawful Use or Development - Existing Nil Website
Certificate of Lawful Use or Development - Proposed Nil Website
Application for works to trees covered by Tree Preservation Orders Nil Website
Telecommunications prior approval Site notice to be displayed for 21 days or neighbour notification

Website

Site notice

Press notice if application affects the character of appearance of a Conservation Area or Listed Building

Prior approval to demolish Nil Website
Demolition determination as to whether prior approval of LPA is required Applicant/agent top display site notice for 21 days of the 28 day period Website